Grinnell College

376 reviews
  1. Grinnell, IA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Grinnell College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112

Grinnell College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
SAT Range
1290-1500
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$24,896/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,112/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,858/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,302/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,792/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,148/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
90%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,672Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    36%
  • Dedicated
    29%
  • Smart
    21%
  • Atypical
    7%
  • Invested
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.39 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Self-Gov
    79%
  • Great atmosphere
    21%

After Grinnell College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses

Reviews

376 reviews
  • Excellent
    74
  • Very Good
    163
  • Average
    103
  • Poor
    25
  • Terrible
    11
SELF-GOVERNANCE YO! Grinnell is extremely lax when it comes to almost everything. We have concerts on the loggia (roof) of buildings, climb academic buildings, have parties in college buildings (Harris / Gardner), drink where we want (don't cross the street with alcohol though!), smoke where we want (although security may come give the occasional ticket).

But don't worry! Grinnellians are pretty tasteful about it, and if you express discomfort with people smoking pot or cigarettes on your floor, your fellow students will respect you. Self-Gov is a magical thing...

Also, keep in mind if you don't want to be around substances (very little around other than alcohol and marijuana), there is ample substance free housing available!
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 21 2012
This is one of my favorite things about Grinnell, diversity. Through programs such as the posse foundation or targeted advertisement of the college in eastern Europe, I have been able to become friends with people from all over the world. It is needless to say that they are all integrated and accepted by the broader student body. I think the ethnic and racial diversity is perfect and adds a lot to the college's culture. Everybody is accepted in Grinnell for who they are. Their economic background, political beliefs, religion and sexual orientation does not matter in this regard and it makes the college what it is. A place to find out who you really are, while everybody is supporting you!
  • College Senior
  • June 24 2013
Not as Bad as You'd Think! East Campus, comprised of the four newest dorms on campus, has air conditioning, elevators, big bathrooms, basically great amenities. Get in if you can! There is somewhat less close-knit community on East, but it's not as bad as the widely-perpetuated stigma suggests. Some floors are really close, some aren't. C'est la vie. South Campus is known as the hippie, druggie dorms. Needless to say, it frequently smells like week and is very loud on weekends. But, it's also super close to all academic buildings and the library, and there's a student-run coffee shop in the basement of Main Hall. North Campus is pretty isolated; north people tend to interact mainly with other north people, from what I see. There are a lot of athletes in North and it's where most of the alcohol-centric parties take place on the weekends. It's close to the Bear gym and Harris center, it has a huge field right in front of it where a lot of early fall and late spring events happen, and some dorms like Younker and Smith are very close to the academic buildings and JRC. There is also college-owned housing in houses surrounding the campus, based on themes that rotate each year as well as languages. Freshmen can't live in them however.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 2 2012